Police: Cruise ship death not suspicious

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The Royal Cayman Islands Police
Service confirmed Friday morning that there were no immediate reasons to
suspect foul play in Thursday’s death of a cruise ship passenger.

“Although the police investigation
is still ongoing RCIPS can confirm that, at this stage, there would appear to
be no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death,” a statement from
police read.

The cruise
ship Liberty of the Seas departed George Town harbour
shortly after 6pm Thursday, but no further information was forthcoming about
the body that was found on board earlier in the day.

According to
police reports, a 37-year-old male was found dead in a cabin on board the giant
vessel, which was in Cayman on a charter cruise catering to homosexual
customers.

The body was
found at 12.47pm Thursday according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

At least two
police boats were seen heading out to the cruise liner early Thursday afternoon
from the Royal Watler Cruise Terminal along the George Town waterfront.

RCIPS
officials did not confirm what caused the man’s death, but it was understood
that police detectives had examined the scene.

Police said Friday
that the man’s body had been taken to shore in Grand
Cayman.

The Caymanian
Compass spoke with more than a dozen Liberty
passengers Thursday. A few recalled seeing a police boat pull up to the giant
liner but none knew about the body found on board.

The
37-year-old man was believed to be a ship passenger.

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Cruise ship passengers disembark Thursday afternoon apparently unaware that police were investigating a grim scene on board Liberty of the Seas in George Town harbour.
Photo: Brent Fuller
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